26 June 2012

Alnmouth Arts Festival

Alnmouth Painting
One of the highlights this summer was exhibiting at the Alnmouth Arts Festival. The festival was in its 8th year and this years festival was the biggest and best yet.  I had a great space to show a good selection of work and was impressed by the 10am rush of customers! 
I love going back to Alnmouth, my mum grew up there and I spent many summers visiting my grandparents and playing on the beach.   
 Before the rush!
This years festival was a family affair and it was nice to enjoy the Saturday with my boys, mum, dad, my brother and his family. A good day out was had by all! On touring the festival it was nice to see some old photos of my Grandad and Uncle Maurice on the Golf Club wall. 
I don't often bring my boys out to art events but I think they enjoyed it. Finley here modeling my business sign, he got more attention than my work with his cheeky grin! 

5 June 2012

Seaside Holiday!

Refreshed and inspired after a lovely week long holiday in Scotland. Ross, myself, the boys and my parents escaped to a wonderful Fisherman's cottage at Cellardyke in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife. Heron House  with its charming decor and sea views was the perfect setting for our family seaside holiday.
The sun came out so we headed to the beach at Elie. Grandma treated the boys to a bucket and spade each so they were happy! I couldn't help myself and started to collect driftwood and other interesting beach finds. I collected a bin bag full by the end of the week. I am thinking of making some new pieces for the 20cm x 20cm exhibition at the Mushroom Works Open Studios in November.
The next day we visited Crail one of my favourite places on the Fife coast line. Ross and I camped  here about 6 years ago and I loved painting the harbour. The buildings have so much character with their small windows, tall chimneys and winding streets.  

Lobster fishing dominates the harbour with hundreds of lobster pots stacked high. I love this sign below as it shows the harsh weathering that bombards the coastline.  
Sadly the sunshine didn't last all week so we headed for Pittenweem to visit one of our stockists, the Fisher Gallery. The gallery has been stocking our cards for a couple of years now and it was great to pop in and see them on the shelves. Pittenweem holds an annual Arts Festival in August which is a great trip out if you are an art lover. I would like to take part one day!